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Ben Affleck defends HUGE phoenix back tattoo – three years after claiming it was ‘fake’

The actor revealed the tat holds a special meaning

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Ben Affleck has defended his huge phoenix back tattoo – three years after he claimed that it was “fake.”

The actor originally said that the ink was “fake”, as he told Extra’s Mario Lopez that he got a temporary tat for a film.

Last year the 46-year-old also responded to an article by the New Yorker, in which the publication slammed his tattoo.

“@NewYorker I’m doing just fine. Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos,” Ben tweeted at the time, before he defended the design on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.

When Ellen mentioned that the ink got a lot of attention, Ben said: “Not so much positive! It’s a phoenix”.

The presenter then joked that it is “rising from your a**”, before the actor revealed that it actually “represents something really important” to him.

“It’s meaningful to me. I like it. It’s not something I sort of kept private. The sentiment ran against… but I love my tattoo, I’m happy with it.”

Check out his interview below:


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